Travel to the land of sunshine and tapas in Spain’s beautiful Southern region of Andalucia. Sit on the café terraces to enjoy a soothing cup of café con leche beneath citrusy aromas of orange trees as you listen to the heartfelt melodies of flamenco performers nearby. History unfolds around each corner as you step inside ornate cathedrals and walk through opulent palace gates, and culture is baked into every deliciously fried croqueta and sewn into the fabric of each traditional sevillana...
Madrid - City Highlights Tour and Parque El Retiro
In the morning, as castanets echo in the distance, you will meet your private guide in front of your accommodation for a tour of many of the city's best and boldest highlights. If you have heard that all roads lead to Rome, then perhaps you have not heard Madrid's version of the story. You will set off just beyond your hotel at the Plaza del Sol, which is otherwise known as Kilometer 0 and from which all major highways in Spain originate. As the clock tower of Puerta del Sol chimes on the hours, Madrilenos are reminded of a Spanish New Year's tradition, in which families celebrate the Twelve Grapes of the new year as the famous clock strikes midnight.
Next, you will continue to the skyscrapers and flashing lights of Gran Via, which is Madrid's shopping mecca. You can peruse lavish shops and take pictures along this hectic avenue. Then, you will transform into royalty as you enter the gates of the Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Throughout the afternoon, you will tour the ornate, gold-leafed halls of this opulent edifice. Then, you will step outside the palace walls to tour the meticulously manicured gardens that are complete with elegant white statues, tepid water basins, and beautifully formed hedges.
Later this afternoon, you will cross town to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, where you can see the extensive art collections of the famed Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, including Picasso's original Guernica. In the evening, you will wander through the beautiful Parque El Retiro. The scenic rose gardens and grassy green pastures offer residents a respite from the concrete jungle of city life. Horse and buggy carriages will clop along the boulevards of Paseo de la Argentina and Avenida de Mexico, and you can step inside a charming paddle boat to glide along Retiro Pond and admire the charming foliage at every turn.
Cordoba - La Mezquita and the Roman Bridge of Cordoba
Sevilla - Plaza de EspaÃ±a and La Torre Del Oro
Sevilla - Plaza de los Toros and the Royal Alcazar
Granada - Cusco Cathedral and TapasToday, you will discover another crossroads of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions when you arrive in the beautiful Andalucian city of Granadalucian city of Granada.
Granada - La Alhambra and Generalife
Las Alpujarras - Village Tour and Albaicin Flamenco Show
Malaga - Alcazaba, Picasso Museum and Costa del Sol
Malaga - Connect to International Flights
- Indulge in a tour of an authentic bullfighting stadium and visit the internationally acclaimed Plaza de Espana in Sevilla
- Venture inside Cordoba's La Mezquita and enjoy a meal in the city's quaint Jewish Quarter
- Bask in the halls of Madrid's Royal Palace and stroll through the impeccable gardens of Parque El Retiro
- Marvel at Granada's cathedral and sample delectable tapas in the city center
- Trek through the remarkable grounds of La Alhambra palace and Generalife gardens that are perched high above the city
- Summit to the mountain towns of Las Alpujarras and attend a lively flamenco show in the picturesque neighborhood of Albaicin
- Lounge on the beaches of Costa del Sol and admire the beautiful artwork within Malaga's Picasso Museum
Andalucia is not only coveted for its aesthetic charm but because it is steeped in a captivating history that spans thousands of years. Christian, Moorish, and Jewish communities have laid claim in each of the region's major cities as is evidenced in the exquisite cathedrals, mosques, and synagogues that flank the major plazas and narrow alleyways to this day. You will wind past verdant gardens, through prestigious museums, and around lavish palaces as you come to know these beautiful and critical historical markers. As the sun reaches its peak temperature each day, do as the Spanish do and indulge in a refreshing siesta. Then, you can sit back with a glass of tinto vino in the evening as you look out on the glowing horizon.
You will begin your journey in Madrid, which is the nation's capital. Here, you will live like royalty in your five-star hotel and meander through the Royal Palace, which will be just a short walk away. You will stroll through Parque El Retiro and keep up with the busied pace of life along Gran Via. Then, you will venture to Cordoba, where the fascinating history of La Mezquita is hidden within the ornate mosque-cathedral threshold. You will indulge in the Jewish Quarter before continuing to Sevilla. Here, you will admire the careful tilework in Plaza de España and get your adrenaline pumping as you run with the bulls inside Plaza de los Toros. This event only occurs in July, so should you be here during the festival, then you will have the opportunity to partake in this very unique and exciting experience.
Then, you will venture to the last-standing stronghold of the Moorish Empire in the charming city of Granada, which is where you will summit to the top of La Alhambra palace and the picturesque gardens of Generalife. Delectable tapas await you in the charming city center before you wind through the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the quaint villages of Las Alpujarras. In the evening, you will enjoy an authentic flamenco show in the cave-style homes of Albaicin. Malaga's beaches and superb Picasso Museum are the final destinations along your Andalucian adventure.
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$2,155 per person (excluding international flights)
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